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Emirates named world’s best airline in 2016 Skytrax awards

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Farnborough, England (CNN)–The world’s best airline for 2016 is Emirates, according to a survey of millions of airline passengers conducted by Skytrax.

The international airline, based in Dubai, won the top honors at Tuesday’s Skytrax World Airline Awards ceremony at the Farnborough International Airshow in England.

As jet engines screamed from the Farnborough airfield and thousands of visiting aviation geeks explored the airshow, smiling flight attendants dressed in brightly colored uniforms stepped to the stage as each award was announced.

The survey underscores the consistency of the quality service among the world’s top carriers, said Edward Plaisted, Skytrax CEO.

“The Middle East airlines have continued to dominate,” Plaisted said after the ceremony. “Virgin America continues dominating on the customer side in North America. Turkish Airlines is a big favorite.”

The awards run the gamut from 73 categories from best economy class onboard catering to best airline staff to best seats to best cabin cleanliness.

The top 10 best airlines were named as:

1. Emirates

2. Qatar Airways

3. Singapore Airlines

4. Cathay Pacific

5. ANA All Nippon Airways

6. Etihad Airways

7. Turkish Airlines

8. EVA Air

9. Qantas Airways

10. Lufthansa

Other winners included:

Transatlantic Airline: Lufthansa

Transpacific Airline: Eva Air

North American Regional Airline: Porter Airline

Airline Staff in Asia: ANA airlines

Regional European Airline: Aegean

Airline lounge: Star Alliance

Airline in Southern Europe: Turkish Airlines

Airline in Northern Europe: FinnAir

Airline in Western Europe: Lufthansa

Airline in Eastern Europe: Aeroflot

Airline in Africa: South African Airways

Airline in Australia/Pacific: Qantas

Airline in Central Asia: Air Astana

Airline in China: Hainan Airlines

Airline in Central America/Caribbean: Copa Airlines

Airline in S. America: LAN Airlines

Airline in N. America: Virgin America

Airline in Asia: Singapore Airlines

Airline in Middle East: Emirates

Airline in Europe: Turkish Airlines

Low-cost airline in Australia & Pacific: JetStar Airways

Low-cost airline in Asia: AirAsia

Low-cost airline in Central Asia & India: IndiGo

Low-cost airline in China: Spring Airlines

Low-cost airline in South America: Azul Brazil

Low-cost airline in North America: Virgin America

Low-cost airline in Europe: Norwegian

Lounge dining business class: Turkish

First class lounge dining: Air France

Airline staff service Africa: Ethiopia Airlines

Airline staff service Aus Pac: Qantas

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